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Re: Profile Evaluation : Economics Ph.D. Admissions, Fall 2021
Since the GRE is optional and your score was well below the mean of what many schools look for, I would suggest you don't waste your money and time retaking it, and rather spend your efforts finding programs online that have faculty in the #20-25 rank and below schools with whom you would like to do research with, and possibly send them an email asking more about their research (and that you would like to apply). Some schools actually invite people to contact their faculty prior to admissions, but that's the exception rather than the rule. I think what would really help your profile is if you can find some very specific research topics you'd like to pursue and write about that in depth to show that you are going to be a capable economics researcher, and I would tailor this into your SOP for each department you apply to.